- n1.Americanan army private. The word was most popular at the time of World War I but is still occasionally used. The original doughboy was a sort of suet dumpling served in the armies and navies of the 19th century in Britain and the USA.2.Britisha blow, a heavy punch. In work-ing-class and cockney jargon this rare sense of the word is occasionally recorded. Its derivation may be from the (heavy) dumpling referred to above.► He landed him a real doughboy round the chops.
Contemporary slang . 2014.
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doughboy — U.S. soldier, 1865, said to have been in oral use from 1854, or from the Mexican American War (1847), it is perhaps from resemblance of big buttons on old uniforms to biscuits of that name (1680s), but there are various other conjectures … Etymology dictionary
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doughboy — noun Date: circa 1847 an American infantryman especially in World War I … New Collegiate Dictionary
doughboy — noun An American infantryman, especially one from World War I … Wiktionary
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doughboy — dough|boy [ dou,bɔı ] noun count AMERICAN OLD FASHIONED a U.S. soldier who fought in World War I … Usage of the words and phrases in modern English
doughboy — n. U.S. foot soldier during World War I (Military Slang); boiled or deep fried lump of dough used as dumpling or served as hot bread … English contemporary dictionary